Stingers head into All-Star break in first place
WATERLOO--The Willmar Stingers saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with a 5-3 loss to Waterloo in the last game before the All-Star break.
WATERLOO-The Willmar Stingers saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with a 5-3 loss to Waterloo in the last game before the All-Star break.
The Stingers sent Tyler Hanson to the mound against Waterloo's Bryce Richmann. Both starters put up zeros in the first couple of innings but the Bucks opened the scoring in the third with an RBI single from Zach Weatherford.
The Stingers bounced back with two of their own in the top of the fourth off four singles and a pair of walks, allowing center fielder Danny Pardo and right fielder Danny Mayer to score. The 2-1 lead in the fourth would be the last time Willmar would be in charge of the game, though.
Waterloo knotted the game up in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of singles and good baserunning.
The Bucks showed Hanson the door in the bottom of the sixth after giving up three straight doubles. Hanson managed to get out of the inning but not before giving Waterloo a 4-2 lead.
Pardo managed to score in the top of the seventh but that was all the Stingers could do before losing 5-3.
The Stingers are 8-4 heading into the break, one-half game ahead of Eau Claire in the second half Northwoods League standings.
The Stingers used a combination of strong pitching and early hitting to beat Waterloo 8-6 in the opening part of the two-game series.
Willmar scored five runs in the first three innings and that was plenty for starter Kiko Garcia. He allowed four runs in the game but all were unearned and he struck out eight in six innings. Max Green came in for relief and struck out six in three innings to earn the save.
Danny Pardo was the main run producer for the Stingers, knocking in three while going 1-for-4.
Waterloo 5, Willmar 3
Willmar 000 200 100-3 9 0
Waterloo 001 102 01x-5 7 2
Hitting-Willmar: Quincy McAfee 1-3, Danny Pardo 2-4 r-2, Danny Mayer 2-4 2b-2 r, Eddie Estrada 1-4, Devin Foyle 1-4, Travis Wacker 1-4 2b rbi, Brandon Perez 1-4 ... Waterloo: Zach Fricke 2-2 2b rbi r-2, Tyler Curtis 1-3 rbi-2
Pitching-Willmar: Tyler Hanson (L) 6-7-4-4-1-9, Pat Martin 1.2-0-1-1-3-1, Joe Vranesic .1-0-0-0-0-1 ... Waterloo: Bryce Reichmann 4.1-6-2-2-3-0, Jonathan Buckley .1-0-0-0-0-1, Patrick Boyle (W) 1.1-2-1-0-1-1, Trevor Patterson 0-1-0-0-0-0, Hunter Spencer 1-0-0-0-0-0, Derek Hendrixson 1-0-0-0-0-2, Brandon Downey (Sv) 1-0-0-0-1-0
Willmar 8, Waterloo 6
Willmar 131 010 200-8 10 2
Waterloo 000 310 002-6 8 3
Hitting-Willmar: Dylan Woods 1-3 r-2, Danny Pardo 1-4 rbi-3, Greg Lambert 2-5 rbi-2 r, Danny Mayer 1-5 rbi, Justin Toerner 1-3, Eddie Estrada 1-5 2b, Luke Becker 2-4 rbi r, Kole Cottam 1-4 r, Tyler Smith 1-2 2b r-2 ... Waterloo: Brody Weiss 4-4 rbi-2 r
Pitching-Willmar: Kiko Garcia (W) 6-6-4-0-3-8, Max Green (Sv) 3-2-2-2-0-6 ... Waterloo: Steven Baker (L) 1.2-4-4-3-2-2, Daniel Agramont 2.2-2-2-2-3-1, Patrick Boyle .1-0-0-0-0-0, Andrew Muehlberger 1.1-1-0-0-1-0, Hunter Spencer 1-3-2-2-0-0, Jason Foster 2-0-0-0-0-0